Marrero woman shot after answering door

A woman who answered her door Thursday night in Marrero was shot two times by an unknown gunman, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. She was reported to be in critical condition.

Sheriff Newell Normand said a call was received at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday from someone saying his neighbor had been shot. Deputies responded to the 5000 block of Bowdon Street in Marrero, where they found a woman lying on the floor suffering from gunshot wounds.

According to witnesses, someone rang the victim’s doorbell. When she opened the door, the gunman fired two shots, both striking the woman. The shooter fled the scene. The victim’s 11-year-old daughter was home and ran to a neighbor’s house.

The Sheriff’s Office said it had no information on a motive or suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Sheriff names suspect in LaPlace killing

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in the death of a man this week in LaPlace.

A second-degree murder warrant has been issued for Alonzo Wilkens, 23, in the death of Kentrell Bailey, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Bailey was found dead Monday. Authorities have not identified a motive in his killing.

Anyone with information on Wilkens’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 359-8477 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man raped woman he met online, police say

A Covington man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly raped a woman he met online, Covington police said.

The victim said she met Ricky Bernard Bates on a dating site and exchanged text messages with him. The two agreed to meet, and Bates picked her up and brought her to his house in the 800 block of West Ninth Avenue, where she said he raped her.

When she fought back, he choked her and then forced her to shower to destroy evidence, said Officer Trey Mahon, a Police Department spokesman.

The victim was able to escape Bates’ house and was picked up by a friend.

After an investigation, a warrant was issued, and Bates turned himself in Thursday, Mahon said.

Two Desire homicide victims identified

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified two men killed this week in the Desire neighborhood.

Joseph Simmons, 30, and Sidell Grant, 29, were shot about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 3000 block of Edith Weston Place.

Both men died on the scene inside a Jaguar.

A third victim, an 18-year-old man, was shot in the leg. His wound was not serious.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive.

Two arrested after man stabbed in Quarter

Two men were arrested early Friday in connection with a stabbing in the French Quarter.

Police alleged Quin Jones and Marvin Bickham, both 18, walked up to the 26-year-old victim about 3:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Decatur Street and asked him a question before they began to argue with him.

The man was stabbed during the argument, police said.

Three suspected of selling heroin online

Jefferson Parish authorities have arrested several men accused of trying to sell heroin on Craigslist.

A citizen called authorities on Wednesday to notify them of an ad on Craigslist that listed “dog food,” said to be a street name for the drug, for sale.

Undercover detectives made arrangements to meet with Geral Bowman, 24, of New Orleans, at a parking lot in Metairie.

Once Bowman saw the agents, he threw away three plastic bags containing a tan powdery substance and fled on foot, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was apprehended without incident in the 3700 block of Power Boulevard.

He had arrived in a GMC truck, which drove away and was followed by other deputies. It was stopped at Power and West Esplanade Avenue, and officials said they found more tan powdery substance in plain view within the vehicle.

The driver, Michael Zeringue, 32, of Slidell, and a passenger, Avion Nelson, 24, of New Orleans, were arrested.

Deputies found a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number in the truck, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Bowman was booked with possession with the intent to distribute 9 grams of heroin, conspiracy to distribute 3 grams of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of an unidentifiable firearm.

Nelson and Zeringue were booked with intent to distribute heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of an unidentifiable firearm.

Second carjacking suspect booked

The second of three suspects in a recent carjacking in Metairie has been arrested.

Lyndell Mays, 17, was booked on a warrant for accessory after the fact to armed robbery in connection with the carjacking early Sunday on Bonnabel Boulevard near Interstate 10.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. marshals found Mays at about 8 a.m. Friday at a home in the 6400 block of River Road in Waggaman.

Investigators previously arrested Antonio Marcelin in connection with the case.

Hendrik “Lil Hen” Porter is still being sought.